Barber Who Lost his Father to Cancer Provides Free Services for Oncology Patients at Rambam
Patients in Rambam’s Joseph Fishman Oncology Center got a surprise treat—haircuts and hair styling right where they were, while hospitalized. The man behind the initiative was Moshi Moshe, a thirty-two-year-old from the city of Yokne’am Illit in Northern Israel. A hairdresser by trade, and the owner of Moshi Hair Style, he is no stranger to the Oncology Division. Not long ago, Moshi Moshe’s father died after a long struggle with cancer—he was 60 years old. Throughout his illness, Moshe was there for his father during treatments and hospitalization in the center of the country. Moshe was able to see, firsthand, how patients cope with the disease and how it affects both body and mind. After his father died, Moshe resolved to do something to help oncology patients. He set out to use his own talent and experience to lift their spirits--in the only way he knew how—giving haircuts and styling hair. He came to Rambam’s Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy Departments in Joseph Fishman Oncology Center and offered the patients—both men and women—a hair makeover to improve the way they look and feel. “They were delighted,” Moshe said, “It’s amazing how easy it is to make people happy—to make them smile and give them hope. I had a great feeling of satisfaction when they hugged me. I felt I had closed a circle in my life.” Moshe said this was only the beginning of a tradition he wanted to establish and that he planned to return and make time for oncology patients of all ages at Rambam. Photography: From a personal photo album
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